It's no secret that kids these days are feeling overworked in school and in organizational activities. 2/3rds of parents say their kids are not playing as much and feel devoted to structured activities instead of free play. Free play, however, has its benefits. It's been observed by researchers that free play encourages emotional regulation, resilience, creativity, and empathy. So this summer, instead of throwing your kids into hour after hour of structured and planned events, why not let your child just use their imagination instead?